The Liberal Lyin’ of the Senate

27 08 2009

The idea that death ennobles everyone has always mystified me. I mean people actually said good things about Richard Nixon when he died, which shows you how strong this tradition is. We’ll see this again now that the “liberal lion of the Senate” has passed on to whatever fate awaits him. As a strong agnostic, I don’t really know what that is, but if there is a life after death, I’d imagine that Edward “Ted” Kennedy has some serious explaining to do. As for me, This is not a tradition I subscribe to and even if I did, I think the statute of limitations ran out on that the instant Democrats and progressives used Kennedy’s still-warm body to try to ram through their misbegotten health-care “reform.” Death is death — what matters is the sum total of your life and I’m not a fan of Ted Kennedy’s.

Please note that this has nothing whatsoever to do with Kennedy’s political positions. While I disagreed with most of them (the man’s greatest legacy in the Senate is a poisoned judiciary approval process that continues to haunt us today.) He was perfectly entitled to hold them and certainly deserves credit for all he did to champion his beliefs. I’ll even give him credit where credit is due. His trip to South Africa in the 1980’s was a brave and good thing to do. His work with Reagan in the Soviet Union led to the release of a lot of Jewish refusniks including Anatoly Scharansky. COBRA? In a sane world that decoupled health care from employment this legislation would be completely unecessary but since we don’t live in that world, COBRA is an unfortunately necessary safety net, so mad props to you Mr. K!

This has more to do with what is by all accounts a life filled with moral and behavioral corruption of the worst sort. I understand that people can become alcoholics, but Kennedy used his power and influence to completely shield himself from the effects of actions that would have landed a lesser mortal in prison — or possibly on death row. A serial womanizer, Kennedy’s actions often went way beyond anything his brothers were accused of including partying with much younger family members in ways that may have led to a rape at the Kennedy compound. Then there’s the incident on the bridge — yeah, that one. What more can one say about that other than there’s a reason why there’s no statute of limitation on murder? Like I said, I don’t know if there’s an afterlife, but if there is, I’d imagine that Mr. Kennedy’s in the middle of a long conversation with Mary Jo Kopechne right about now.

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